Michael Daniels, my former colleague and still very good friend, and I came together to write a piece explaining the truth behind China’s claims over the South China Sea.
China undoubtedly has a vicious bark, but when you look behind the curtain… Michael and I saw only what amounted to a tape recorder and a hand puppet. Needless to say, the ‘evidence’ Beijing has produced doesn’t amount to much in our eyes.
Please take a moment to read and as always, look forward to your comments.
Published Article found here.
Article was published on Rappler.com; the Philippines’ #1 online news source.
Today, on March 1, 1889 (Japan):
Moral philosopher, cultural and intellectual historian, WATSUJI Tesuro (和辻 哲郎) was born on this day. A native of Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, he first found an interest in Western literature and philosophy.
In the early half of 1910, he introduced Japan to the works of Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche; however in 1918 he changed and re-focused his energies on what made “Japan” distinct. Revitalizing Japanese culture, specifically the arts and Zen. He was an idol for nationalism and his theories claimed the Japanese were superior (regarding human nature and ethics). It has been stated that he regretted this byproduct of his work.
He had three main works, “History of Japanese Ethical Thought”, “Ririgaku” (Ethics), and “Fudo” (the Climate of Ethics). He died at the age of 71.
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Should we be worried about Korea’s undue influence into the American School system? First Virginia, followed quickly by New York and New Jersey… who have put forth legislation to modify their state textbooks to add in the Korean perspective of what the “Sea of Japan” (the internationally accepted name) should be called. I argue this is a very bad precedent and give examples as to why I believe this way.
Would love to hear your comments.
Read my full op-ed article @ http://bit.ly/1mIoqvS
My Article, “The Serenity of Yasukuni” was published on 9 January 2014 at Rappler.com; the Philippines #1 online news source.
Being military, I know what it means to serve and to hope that when I’m long and gone, the people I swore to protect will recognize my sacrifices that I made for my country. In addition, having lived in Japan for nine years, studied the history and her culture, I believe I came to understand why the Japanese visit Yasukuni and pay their respects. Abe’s visit on 26 Dec 2013, was no different. As a leader of a nation, he felt it was his duty to pay the respects of those that fell attempting to make Japan into the great country it is today.
In this article, I attempt to show the misunderstanding of what the Japanese are doing and what other nations believe the Japanese are doing. Furthermore, I use the English-translated quote by Emperor Meiji, as provided by the Yasukuni website, “I assure those of you who fought and died for your country that your names will live forever at this shrine in Musashino”
…However, I disagree with that translation, and prefer my own: “The names of the individuals who devoted themselves to our country will also be forever remembered at this shrine in Musashino”
Read the article here: http://bit.ly/1cHxhr0